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Case 39 (2009)
Social worker Emily Jenkins is hard-working and compassionate and volunteers to foster poor little Lily after narrowly saving her from being murdered by psycho parents. Too bad Lily isn't the poor, abused child she appears to be.
Child's Play (1988)
Is there a nicer, more warm or bubbly mother in any movie than Karen Barclay in Child's Play? She works so hard to raise little Andy, and even spends a whopping 50 bucks on a used "Good Guy" doll the day after she finds out Andy really wants one.
Roy Neary might be a pretty cavalier, irresponsible father in a lot of ways, but nobody can say the man isn't fun. Who wouldn't want a father that lets you dump mud and chicken wire through the broken kitchen window, or who hams up facial expressions when you whack him on the ass with a ping pong paddle so you can take a photo with the polaroid camera Mom told you not to use?
I Am Sam (2001)
Even though he has an IQ of about 70 and can barely function, Sam tries so hard to take care of his little daughter Lucy (who is obviously smarter than he is, even at 6). He goes out of his comfort zone to take her to that burger place instead of IHOP and tries his hardest to be a good parent. When Lucy is removed from his care by social services he and his band of misfit friends go all out to hire the "best" lawyer they can.
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Not only are Augusto and Michaela Odone dedicated to making their son Lorenzo as comfortable as they can as he battles an apparently terminal illness, but they also work tirelessly to find a cure for an "orphan" disease that most doctors aren't even interested in studying.
Martian Child (2007)
How many prospective adoptive fathers would put up with a kid who has to wear ankle weights, is afraid of the sun, gravity, wears a weight belt, speaks in "martian", steals and lies compulsively and is generally a little bundle of emotional pain? Not many. How many would care about their adoptive sons so much that they'd write a novel about them? That's why David from Martian Child makes this list.
Pet Sematary Two (1992)
After the death of his Hollywood star wife, Chase Matthews moves himself and his young son, Jeff, to the town where he grew up. Too bad the undead are alive and well and Jeff, in his grief, is acting like a bit of a jerk. Still, I can't believe how understanding and gracious Chase was regarding Jeff and his 'tude in this movie. I don't want to think about what would have been in store for me if I had behaved like Jeff in this movie. Awesome Dad, that Chase Matthews.
Could Steve and Diane Freeling be any more mellow, cool parents? But when the ghosts hit the fan, they fight tooth and nail to protect their adorable offspring. Maybe it's something they're smoking...
The Client (1994)
Okay, she is not really his parent, but lawyer Reggie Love risks her reputation, career and even life for young client Mark Sway. She only cost a buck, too.
My list of the parents (or parent figures) in movies that I think were really awesome and nice. Too bad there weren't more parents like these guys...
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